Why study History Education at Washburn?

If your passion includes making history come alive for others, Washburn is a wonderful place to prepare for your teaching career. With two degree paths to fit your goals, our history faculty will help you grow as a researcher, thinker, and writer, and push you to become culturally competent professional as you gain knowledge and skill in teaching history and social studies.
Career Forecast Growing OutlookAverage Salary High school teachers: $55,170 in Kansas Middle school teachers: $58,010 in Kansas on campus
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What sets Washburn History apart?

  • History Education majors find community with historians and future educators on campus!
  • Study abroad is encouraged and funding is available to support you.
  • You’ll be eligible for scholarships.
  • Topeka is a great place to do history! The Kansas Museum of History and the Brown v. Board National Historic Site offer internships, too.
  • You can be involved in District 3 Kansas History Day.

Curriculum outline for the U.S. history, U.S. government and world history program:

Core courses

HI 111 History of the U.S. I (3)

HI 112 History of the U.S. II (3)

HI 100 Early World History (3)

HI 101 Changing World History (3)

HI 102 Modern World History (3)

HI 395 History Forum (3)

PO 106 U.S. Government (3)

PO 107 American State and Local Government (3)

HI 399 Historical Methods and Research (3)

Upper Division U.S. History (6)

Upper Division European History (3)

Upper Division Non-Western History (3)

Required additional courses in social science

Selected Upper Division Political Science (6)

Economics EC 200 (3)

Anthropology AN 112 (3)

Geography GG 102 (3)

Set for Success

CAREER FORECAST: growing outlook
Employment of Middle and High School Teachers is predicted to grow about 4 percent from 2019 to 2029 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate is as fast as average for all occupations.

Student/Faculty Ratio:

9:1 Education

19:1 History

Qualities for success


Enjoy research

Commitment to teaching effectiveness

Desire to make a difference in the lives of young people

Job Placement

Alumni of this program teach in districts throughout Kansas, in the Kansas City area, and in other states.

GET IN TOUCH WITH History Department

History Department
Henderson Learning center
3rd Floor, Room 311
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2060

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